Rangers have been linked with a move for Blackpool striker Jerry Yates recently, and he could be a great addition to Steven Gerrard’s side should he make the move to Ibrox this summer.
According to The 72, Rangers have joined the race to sign the former Rotherham United man, who was also attracting interest from Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers during the January transfer window.
In January, it was suggested that he was valued at around £2m, but his asking price may well have gone up as a result of his strong form since the turn of the year, and could rise even further should Neil Critchley’s side earn promotion to the Championship this year.
Yates has enjoyed an excellent season since joining the Tangerines in last summer’s transfer window, contributing 18 goals and four assists in 39 League One appearances, resulting in a solid 6.94 average rating from WhoScored.
His performances have helped Blackpool into a play-off position in England’s third tier and they still have an outside chance of automatic promotion this season.
Rangers certainly seem to be in the market for a striker ahead of next term, with a strong likelihood that both Greg Stewart and Jermaine Defoe will depart once their respective contracts expire in the summer.
There is also the possibility that an English Premier League side will come in for Alfredo Morelos this year as a result of his impressive performances for Gerrard’s side in recent seasons, so it would not be a surprise to see the Light Blues dip into the transfer market to seek out a potential replacement.
Although Yates struggled during his time at Rotherham United, loan spells at Swindon Town and Carlisle United in the past certainly suggest that he knows where the goal is, whilst he has really emphasised his quality this season with Blackpool.
His performances last season with Swindon certainly won over his then-manager Richie Wellens, who was full of praise for the 24-year-old recently as he said: “I love Jerry to bits, absolutely love him to bits. He’s good at everything. He’s got decent pace, he can hold the ball up.”
Therefore, it seems as if Yates could prove to be an excellent addition to Gerrard’s squad this summer, and sporting director Ross Wilson should do everything he can to try and bring him to Ibrox.